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5 days - White Christmas celebrations in Røros, one of the oldest towns of wooden buildings in Europe.
Ready to be swept away with a white Christmas in the most romantic part of Norway? The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Norwegian town of Røros is a living museum, and the entire town centre with its authentic wooden buildings is protected. Explore Røros' narrow streets, old courtyards and boutique shops in one of the oldest towns of wooden buildings in Europe. Artisan workshops offering locally made ceramics, clothing and food, among other things can be found around every other corner.
This short Christmas stay includes a full Christmas program, horse & sleigh riding through Røros, a full day dog-sledding tour and a stay in the Røros Hotel with its new Spa and wellness centre.
We recommend heading further north for Northern Lights viewing after your Christmas program.
- Enjoy Christmas shopping, celebrations and homemade hot chocolate before Santa visits
- With locals, join the Christmas church service
- Romance on a traditional horse and sleigh ride through the charming old town and out into the forests
- Harness your dogs, learn how to drive the sled for a full day dogsledding adventure
- Day 1
- Arrive Røros and transfer to your hotel
- Day 2
- Enjoy the Christmas shopping, celebrations and homemade hot chocolate before Santa visits
- Day 3
- Christmas church service, traditional horse and sleigh ride and winter activities
- Day 4
- Husky dogsledding with campfire lunch
- Day 5
- Depart after breakfast
- Start/End Place
- Røros, Norway
- Country Visited
- 5 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Private transfers to your hotel
- 4 nights at the cozy Røros Hotel including breakfast and dinner
- Christmas program including decorating christmas gingerbreads and making marzian figures, Santa visit giving gifts, sledding, lassoing Rudolf, building ice lights and church services.
- Tradional Christmas dinner served from the buffet with lufisk, ribs and lamb ribs toghether with all the trimmings and a large dessert buffet
- Return transfers to your hotel
- Horse and Sleigh ride through Røros
- Dog sledding tour (6 hours)
- Visits to the bath & wellness centre and children's play room
International & domestic flights, tipping, beverages, meals other than described in itinerary, items of personal nature, travel insurance.
Snowmobile safari or an extended overnight dog sledding tour can also be added.
Day 1 - Arrive Røros and transfer to your hotel
Arrive at Røros and private transfer to your hotel. Once you have settled in, you can stroll around town before your first special Christmas activity, decorating gingerbread and making marzipan figures together with the hotel's pastry chef.
This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner buffet with the flavours of the Nordic Christmas traditions.
Day 2 - Enjoy the Christmas shopping, celebrations and homemade hot chocolate before Santa visits
After breakfast, head out to enjoy the Christmas spirit, homemade hot chocolate at Kaffestuggu and shopping before the town shuts down for our Christmas celebrations.
In the late afternoon, head down to the iconic wooden church of Røros for its Christmas service (4pm). Afterwards, Santa will visit and give gifts to you and your family. This evening, dinner will be a traditional Christmas dinner served from the buffet with lutfisk, ribs, lamb ribs together with all the trimmings and a large dessert buffet.
Day 3 - Christmas church service, traditional horse and sleigh ride and winter activities
Enjoy a leisurely Christmas morning and, in case you didn't manage it yesterday, there is another Christmas Church service this morning at 11am. Today there is time set aside for a traditional horse and sleigh ride around Røros.
This afternoon, your Christmas package includes fun winter activities in the grounds of the hotel such as sledding, lassoing Rudolf, building ice lights and activities in the lavvo. Mulled wine and gingerbread will keep you warm.
Enjoy another fabulous traditional dinner tonight - this time fillet of reindeer with trimmings (yes, you have lassoed him, now you eat him) and a full dessert buffet.
Day 4 - Husky dogsledding with campfire lunch
This morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and enjoy a full day dogsledding adventure. Harness and run your own dog team. You will learn all about the dogs and dog-racing as we sit around the fire eating lunch(included). All while enjoying the beautiful scenery!
Winter overalls, winter boots, wool socks, gloves and hats are provided and there is a comfortable changing room with toilets to use before the journey.
You will learn how to harness your dogs, and how to drive the sled. In groups of 5 or more, 2 people share one sled, driving a team of 5 - 6 well trainied Alaskan huskies. You switch drivers during the trip. The guide will drive in the front and your dogs will naturally follow this guide. We will stop in the middle of the day and make a fire. There is no better coffee then the coffee that is boiled over a fire. Enjoy a simple lunch that is heated up over the fire.
Expect to drive 30-40 km and reach a mountain plateau 1000 meters above sea level. The view is magnificent.
This activity can be modifed if needed.
Day 5 - Depart after breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the Røros airport (50 min flight to Oslo).
All prices listed are per person in twin/double room. Please note that the Christmas program is subject to change.
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Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.